I am not going to sit here and act like I know a lot about the ins and outs of the game of soccer. I do follow the game on the professional and collegiate level as a casual fan but soccer was never a sport I played growing up and did not begin to fully appreciate the beautiful game until I developed a fairly serious Fifa addiction in college.
That being said, the Maryland Terrapins men’s soccer team is playing in the Final Four today against the local rival we aren’t supposed to play anymore in the Georgetown Hoyas. Since these schools respective athletic directors are currently in a stare down seeing who will blink first when it comes to scheduling each other in mens basketball the rest of the athletic programs at the two universities are suffering as what should be a great local rivalry has ceased to exist. That, in and of itself, adds another aspect of intrigue to this game that can be seen on ESPNU today at 5 pm as the two teams square off in Hoover, Alabama.
This marks the first trip to the National Semifinals for the Hoyas program while this will be Maryland’s 12th trip to the Final Four. The Terrapins come into today’s meeting on the pitch with an all time record of 27-0 against Georgetown with their last meeting being a 2-1 Maryland win back in 2009. Interestingly enough, this was the last game between the two schools that counted towards the win/loss record. In the 2011 preseason these two teams met and on that day Georgetown came out on top. While I am not sure what bearing that will have on today’s game, if any, it is an interesting tid bit of information as we inch closer to kickoff.
Coming into this matchup the advantage seems to be on the side of the Terrapins as they have a coach who has been here before as the last trip to the College Cup for Maryland was in 2008. The number two ranked team in the tournament, Maryland, led the country in goals per game averaging 2.6 scores per match. Maryland scored 21 more goals on the season than the Hoyas did (60 for the Terps compared to 39 for the Hoyas) if Maryland is able to have the same kind of offensive success this afternoon I would imagine they would be a tough out for the Hoyas.
No score prediction for today as it would just be a complete and total shot in the dark were I to attempt it but I will say that I expect the Terrapins to win for no reason other than the fact that I feel like it. So there you have it folks, the first bit of writing I have ever done on the sport of soccer. I hope you enjoyed it and more importantly I hope the Terrapins can pull off the win today and make me have to give this another try in the title game.